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Dayton area residents will play a role in a big-screen movie starring a recent Academy Award winning actress, according to Megan Cooper, executive director of the nonprofit FilmDayton.

Filming begins next week for “Carol.”

“There are Dayton businesses involved. There is Dayton cast, and there is Dayton crew,” Cooper said of the film, set to star Cate Blanchett. “It just continuing proof that this region has the great resources that are necessary to support a film industry.”

Cooper could not discuss particulars but said the entire region will benefit from the filming of the period drama.

It is based on the “Price of Salt,” (also called Carol), by suspense novelist Patricia Highsmith, the author of “Strangers on a Train” and “The Talented Mr. Ripley.”

The movie will be filmed in Cincinnati during a seven-week period.

Kristen Erwin Schlotman, executive director of the Greater Cincinnati Film Commission, said more than 50 locations around Cincinnati will be used.

Set in New York in the 1950s, the movie is about a married woman to be played by Blanchett and her love affair with a younger woman who works at a department store to be played by Rooney Mara.

Kyle Chandler, who recently had roles in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Argo,” will play Blanchett’s husband.

Schlotman said the film will not only mean “jobs and dollars” for local businesses and actors but also provides an opportunity to learn.

Blanchett won the Best Actress Academy Award on Sunday for her work in the Woody Allen directed film “Blue Jasmine.” She won the Best Supporting Actress Award in 2004 for “The Aviator.”

Mara was nominated for a best actress Oscar for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”

Costume designer Sandy Powell has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards. She won for “Shakespeare in Love,” “The Aviator and “The Young Victoria.”

Director Todd Haynes also directed 1997’s “I’m Not There” and 2002’s “Far from Heaven.”

“Our local people will be working with them and learning from them,” Schlotman said. “It is making our talent pool stronger.”

She said the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit has been a tool in attracting filmmakers to state.

“First it is the incentive, then it is the people, then it it location and then it is the cooperation,” Schlotman said.

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